Steam Deck update adds a lock screen and improves battery life

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The latest update for the Steam Deck has added a lock screen, window switching and various other features. While these aren’t massive additions to Valve’s handheld device, they should improve the user experience. Most of these features allow the Steam Deck to behave much more like a standard mobile device. The lock screen is the biggest indicator of this, along with various other inclusions.

Don’t expect anything too fancy from the Steam Deck’s new lock screen, as it appears to be just a simple six-digit PIN combination that you can enter using the touchscreen or the buttons themselves. It can appear on wake up, boot, login or switch to desktop mode. So if you need to keep your (insert incredibly important thing here) safe, you can do so without any problems.

The other big innovation besides the lock screen is the ability to switch between multiple windows. Simply pressing the Steam button in-game brings up a nifty menu that lets you toggle between your active windows. This is perfect when trying to follow a guide or when you need to quickly find something with the browser. Also, the achievements page has been redesigned to be easier to navigate and read.

Valve has also further improved the keyboard function after the last update. You have now added localized keyboards for 21 different languages. Multiple keyboards can be activated at the same time, and clicking the globe icon toggles between them. The update also notes that Valve is currently working on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean keyboards, but they will be released in the future.

Steam deck lock screen

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Better battery life is great

The rest of the updates aren’t technically new as they were available in the OS beta. However, they are now available for everyone and have very nice features. Of course, the big benefit here is the battery life, which has been improved when idle or in low-usage scenarios. This may not sound surprising, but some handheld devices can quickly run out of battery while idling, which is always annoying, especially when you can’t charge it right away.

Other additions include LED dimming a few seconds after plugging or unplugging the vape deck. There is now an option for Uncapped Framerate on the Performance tab in the quick access menu, and fTPM support has been added, allowing for a Windows 11 install if you intend to do so.

Steam deck lock screen

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Again, this isn’t a massive update, but the added features are more than welcome. Adding a lock screen is an especially good inclusion, especially for those who have Steam Deck thieves in the house. More updates are coming, so it shouldn’t be long before Valve brings more features and bug fixes to the handheld. Check out the detailed patch notes for more information on what’s coming to the Steam Deck.

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